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Why we love Harrow: From Hollywood to great food, the undeniably good reasons to live in and love the borough

Everyone has a particular spot in the capital which holds a place in their heart - here why Harrow should be loved

Steeped in history, culture and as one of the most diverse boroughs in the country, Harrow has a lot on offer.

It provides that perfect compromise of being close to central London, yet nestled near the countryside.

There's plenty of things to do yet many places to enjoy and relax in.

Here are just *some* of the reasons we think Harrow borough is great.

Harrow has produced some pretty awesome celebrities

Supporting Actor winner Dev Patel with his award in the winners room during the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) at Royal Albert Hall(Image: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Accepting his BAFTA award, actor Dev Patel said: "I used to watch this in Rayners Lane with my parents at the end of the Piccadilly Line, and for all of us to be here in our black and white and to walk the carpet, it’s kind of an out-of-body experience."

The actor is one of our greatest, having started off in E4 teen drama Skins and reached massive success in Hollywood, recently starring in Lion.

And Sherlock and Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch attended Harrow School . We think that counts.

(Image: Getty Images Europe)

Just look at the amazing buildings

Beautiful architecture from many eras can be seen all around the borough.

The Grade II Elliott Hall auditorium was built in 1904 , and is now known as Harrow Arts Centre .

But it's not just a historic building, it's a hub of theatre, music, arts and dance.

Harrow Arts Centre in Hatch End(Image: UGC)

The churches alone are just gorgeous.

A walk to the iconic St Mary's Church, atop Harrow-on-the-Hill, is a must.

As is the ruin of the old St John the Evangelist Church, in Old Church Lane, Stanmore .

(Image: Harrow Observer)
(Image: Harrow Observer)

Everywhere you turn, there's a piece of history

None other than Winston Churchill was educated at Harrow School.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pictured when he was a schoolboy at Harrow, circa 1889(Image: Daily Mirror)

And Transport for London 's (TfL) oldest station is Harrow and Wealdstone which turned 180 this year.
The Zoroastrian Centre in Rayners Lane(Image: Harrow Observer)

The Zoroastrian Centre in Rayners Lane is an art deco masterpiece.

Did you know it used to be a cinema?

Bentley Priory Museum(Image: ugc tms)

The beautiful Grade II listed country house, Bentley Priory in Stanmore, played a major role as Headquarters Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.

There is so much good food to eat

From Caribbean and cuisine from every region of India, to tapas and traditional English afternoon tea - Harrow really is a flavourful treat for foodies.

Hazel Yates, of Hazel's Kitchen restaurant, will bring Caribbean food to North Harrow street market(Image: UGC)
Owner Terry Farr outside Friends Restaurant, High Street, Pinner(Image: TMS)

Like so. much. good. food.

Mmmmm Mehran in Rayners Lane, Curry Mahal in South Harrow, The Connoisseur on Harrow-on-the-Hill, Sagar in North Harrow... there's so much choice!

And great pubs with beer gardens to boot

The Castle pub, West Street, Harrow on the Hill(Image: Harrow Observer)

Who needs to travel into London's centre when you can try your favourite tipple and enjoy the scenery at your doorstep?

The Hare in Harrow Weald is a family favourite(Image: Google Maps)

Explore beautiful nature

You can experience nature, whilst still being a stone's throw away from central London.

This video below shows the lovely restored Stanmore marshes.

It caught the eye of Hollywood blockbuster makers

The Hitman's Bodyguard was released into UK cinemas on August 18 and some of the scenes were shot at Harrow Civic Centre .

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson , along with Gary Oldman were seen in 2016, filming inside the council chambers on May 27 and were there until May 29.

The film follows the story of the world's top bodyguard (Reynolds) who's new client, a hit man (Jackson), must testify at the International Court of Justice.

Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds star in The Hitman's Bodyguard filmed in Harrow, with (L) an extra dressed as a judge and (R) a crane holding lights shining on the Civic Centre

Using Harrow Council chambers as a filming location seems apt for such a story line.

At the time of filming more than 100 extras were on set, dressed in judicial costumes as well as some in what seemed to be special forces military costumes.

These are just a few reasons why Harrow is great. What did we miss? Let us know in the comments section below.

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